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FRIENDS IN NEED: Schröder, Chirac and Blair can help each other at home

It's a bewildering sight: after a year of slugging each other over Iraq, here come Europe's Big Three leaders, bloodied, bandaged, limping — and leaning on each other for support. Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder meet this week in Berlin, but despite the obligatory grins and displays of solidarity, the Three Amigos they are not. Not long ago Blair was warning publicly that Chirac was trying to drag Europe down a dead end of reflexive opposition to the U.S. in pursuit of a moldy Gaullist dream of French glory — and complaining privately that Chirac had it in for...

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